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As a TED speaker, Nilofer has shared stages with Malcolm Gladwell, and even Bono (yes, THAT Bono).


TEDxNewEngland Talk – Nilofer Merchant on Inclusivity

How would you reinvent business, reinvent America, or reinvent the world? This is the question I was asked to answer a few weeks back for a #TEDtalk.  TEDxNewEngland’s event was held at the WGBN station, just 3 weeks before the US National Election and the amazing organizers asked a range of politicians, economists, national policy  More


What is Corporate Board’s Role in Value Creation?

When I was in NYC a few weeks back, the NYSE group asked me to sit down and talk about the impact of Social Era as it relates to the Board’s role in Value Creation. Now, I am a relatively new director of a public company but have been around and guided public boards for  More


40 Days and Lessons Learned

I’ve just finished 40 days on the road, delivering talks for people who have been kind enough to invite me to share the ideas of the #socialera. Corporate events, and HR conferences and such have had me zig-zagging all over the place. That has meant flying into #Sandy, and not knowing which city I would  More


What I Learned from My TEDTalk

I told you a few months ago I would write about what it felt like to do a TEDtalk. I published my perspective earlier this week at my Harvard blog and because I was traveling I couldn’t quite get it to my main site before now. There’s only so much one can do with an  More


Who You Are Is What You Make

Sharing another talk I’ve recently done on innovation and igniting performance inside our firms. Innovations like pyramids, paper, gunpowder and silicon are the direct result of the cultures that introduced them — empire, nation-state, kingdom, democracy, theocracy, technocracy, etc. Innovation happens when human beings have a series of ideas together that they manifest into something  More


Not Checks, but Purpose

This video montage was made from a series of questions/answers on collaboration and management. It contains some vignettes and ideas that matter. Filmed during The Art of Management Conference (where Simon Sinek, Michael Eisner, Mitch Joel and Malcolm Gladwell and I were the 5 speakers), in November 2010, Toronto. +++ When I ask you to  More